The Open Society Foundations’ work on economic justice includes helping governments to use public resources in support of equitable development, and using direct, private-sector investments to yield positive social impact.
India Delivers a Case Study in Successful Impact Investing
The Open Society Foundations adopted an innovative impact investment approach in India—now its success has brought in more private capital to fund businesses that deliver positive social and economic change.
Bogotá’s “Never Nobodies”
In a perpetual cycle of violence in a neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia, hundreds of street dwellers have been murdered over the last decade, their deaths often going uninvestigated. The state refers to them as the “never nobodies.”
Investing in people
Supporting Smallholder Farmers against Big Agriculture
How can investors best support small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa? By thinking outside the box to raise income for smallholdings. A new debt and equity fund hopes to show the way.
How Big Companies Pretend to Create Economic Value, While Actually Destroying It
Mariana Mazzucato calls for a public debate about what is really adding value to our economies so that we can create a new form of capitalism that works for us all.
The Debate on the Human Rights Movement’s Response to Economic Equality
Samuel Moyn and Aryeh Neier take opposing sides on the question of whether human rights can flourish under conditions of increasing economic disenfranchisement.
Investing in India, One Entrepreneur at a Time
Socially responsible businesses have a bright future in India, offering a way to improve living standards while encouraging others to jump into the fray. Here’s how the Open Society Foundations are supporting the movement.
What’s Changed (and What Hasn’t) Since the Rana Plaza Nightmare
In the five years since unsafe working conditions cost more than a thousand lives in Bangladesh, some progress has been made. But workers face fundamental challenges—including a state that’s still not doing enough to help.
Why Dirty Money Is a Feminist Issue
Their connection to feminism may not be obvious, but issues such as tax evasion and money laundering are ultimately about women’s rights. Because when austerity and inequality combine, it’s women and girls who suffer.